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drivers of the dangers of distracted driving. >> and it reminds us of the need to continue to educate the public throughout our state and throughout the country to put down the phones, put down the distractions, and pay attention. >> do you think the law should be adopted on a national scale? >> every state is unique. new jersey is a very congested state. federal rules and laws should blah, blayhh, has blah, with population come up with roads, then they would be required to do so. >> so far 39 states and d.c. have banned texting while driving, yet only 10 states and d.c. have banned all the uses of handheld devices while driving. what is the other argument? why would somebody disagree with
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passing a law? >> the libertarian argument that people should be guided more by their behavioral choices than by the law. it is one thing to say you're putting yourself for your family at risk if you're driving distractions, but you are one else atewha risk. >> because we think we can use these -- we're attached to them, and we think we can use them, and you can't use them and drive safely. you just can't. >> 60% of drivers use their cell phones while driving, and 42% of young drivers are very or somewhat confident that they can safely text and drive. and we see drivers use their cell phones every day -- at stop signs, on the highway, at a red light. are students generally receptive of what you teach them about texting and driving? >> yes and no. i think one of the biggest problems, it is a cultural thing. the parents do it. >> have you ever been in a car when a driver was using a cell phone behind the wheel? >> i have. >> definitely. >> yeah. >> for sure. >> yes. >> yeah. >> every day. >> yes.
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>> yes, i have, multiple times. >> it is easy for bad habits to be passed down from one generation to the next. that is why it is so important to educate the new generation of drivers about the dangers of distracted driving. so what can be done on a congressional level to reduce distracted driving? >> what we want to do is do a -- almost compared to the click-it-or-ticket campaign of the 1980's and 1990's where the government and all your different advertising agencies put signs up everywhere, all about click-it-or-ticket or seat belts save lives. distracted driving is the same thing now. it has taken over, killing everybody, taken over everybody's lives. kids are just growning up with it. >> we should use our financial leverage. the fact that the federal government uses money to build roads and operate roads and airports, we should use our financial leverage to encourage
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state to do whatever they can to prohibit or discourage distracted driving. >> for too long americans have -- themselves with the misconception that they can multitask behind the wheel. but driving is not a task. it's a responsibility. driving under the influence of cell phones is a serious issue. it has claimed the lives of thousands of americans each year. yet congress has the power to alternately eradicate the influence of cell phones on the road, and in doing so congress will save the lives of many future drivers. >> hopefully you see this and you understand that it's real, it happens with people, and it is not something that is a joke and it is not acceptable to drive distracted. >> to watch all of the winning videos and to learn more about our competition, go to c-span.org and click on studentcam. and tell us what you think about the issue this student wants congress to consider. post your comment on
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studentcam's facebook page, or tweet us using the hash tag #studentcam. congress is in recess, and all week on c-span some of the notable supreme court oral arguments from this term. hobbyat 6:30 sebelius v. lobby. hobby lobby is a chain store whose owners have a religious objection to birth control. that argument is that 6:30 eastern here on c-span. bgellman won the about hisrize today reporting on the nsa data collection.
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you can see a program tonight at 8:00 eastern. here is a brief look. google datais you center. between them.ne the nsa goes in and sits on that pipe and takes anything it wants from that, even though hundreds of millions, billions of those communications will be u.s. conditions. >> let me make sure i understand the premise you are suggesting. should bee that gmail a safe haven for legitimate foreign intelligence targets to the united states. >> [indiscernible] >> that is exactly how i translate your question, because i am not collecting gmail uses. this begins to hurt your head. we spent your whole evening and we haven't gotten off of 215. the approach you use in
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collecting intelligence looks like a funnel. you have got access here. the next step is you collect. and then you process. and then you read, or listen. you analyze. you draw up a report and then you disseminate. you get the picture here? and the funnel gets smaller. and very often people use the number out here that describes the potential access, and then acute that number way up the far morethe those sophisticated and narrowly focused activities there. that is not true. i go back to my premise. safe haven. a google is an international company. google is a u.s. person in certain circumstances, all right? that is actually not --
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their cable. as a virtual cable to use. i ask you the question, hotmail, gmail, safe havens? these are global e-mail providers. they are used by everyone. it is your theory that you cannot touch it, eric schmidt is going to be really mad. >> you can see this discussion gellman tonight at 8:00 eastern. 15, the is april deadline to file tax returns. we will talk with rachel bade about legislation in congress to overhaul the tax code and what it would be in for taxpayers. and a discussion with a person representing citizens for tax justice about whether the current tax code is fair.
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this morning we looked at what that new health and human services secretary will face when implementing the affordable care act. host: we are back. we will be talking about challenges for the next health and human services drifter. what does sylvia burwell face? the first enrollment. -- guest: we are getting through the first enrollment. right now. what doctors will people be able to see? there is a whole raft of issues. when it comes to putting the health care law in place. the next big one is premiums for 2015. that will be a political story, how much people see their costs rise.
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she will be under pressure to keep the rates down. we know there is some early backlash about the size of the provider networks. they are small the first year. they want to see them get bigger. when you expand your networks, that means higher prices. there will be competing pressures there. that will be a huge political story. you can imagine how many ads will run. democrats will be concerned about that. host: she is the nominee. she has to be confirmed. what is the congressional response? guest: pretty chilly on the republican side. obviously, there was a less controversial position last year. the problem was on her
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qualifications. it is about the law. there are going to be more fights over the health care law that they hate. they're going to ask about delays. they're going to ask about of about implementation. it will be a huge fight over the affordable care act. it'll be interesting to see how republicans handle this. host: harry reid has said he hopes they don't obstruct. now that you have the nuclear option in place, they only need 51 votes. guest: they need 51 votes now. that is much easier. i don't know what would hold up her confirmation. republicans will make some sort of a fight just because they have an opportunity to bring up issues with the health care law. her nomination does seem easier because of this change the senate rules. host: let's talk about policy.
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tomorrow is the deadline for those who started their application before march 31 but could not finish. what are you watching for? guest: we want to see the numbers about how many people enrolled but also who enrolled. the last heard was 7.5 million people had signed up. we are still looking to see what the age mix was for that. there is a big emphasis on getting young and healthy people enrolled. the expectation was they would wait to the very and to sign up. to sign up.nd once we see numbers from hhs, we will know how many people have enrolled. host: when do you expect it the breakdown of who the enrollees are? guest: that is good question. this month is different. they had the extension to april 15. i don't know if we will see that next week or a couple of weeks. we are on guard for it. host: who will be giving out
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that information? guest: this with come from hhs directly. they have been giving reports since october. we will get demographic breakdowns, what they are buying, how old they are, male or female. this is a better sense of who is signing up. host: the outgoing hhs secretary was before the senate finance committee. this is what she had to say about that 7 million number for those that of enrolled so far. >> last week, we announced that 7.1 million americans have signed up for private insurance through the marketplace. as of this week, 400,000 additional americans have signed up. we expect that number to grow. between october and at the end
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of february, an additional 3 million americans enrolled in medicaid coverage. 11.7 million people were determined eligible. we know if more states move forward on medicaid expansion, more will be able to get covered. affordable health coverage -- host: let me have you weigh in in on what she says about the new enrollees and the medicaid numbers. guest: the medicaid number has not gotten as much attention. there are 25 or 26 states that extended medicaid. we are trying to find out how many came from the medicaid expansion. the affordable care act expands that program. it is a voluntary program.
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that is one of the challenges that the new secretary faces. she is trying to get more public states who are resistant to get on board with the medicaid expansion. host: republicans are questioning the numbers. orrin hatch asked about the new number on enrollees. >> using the most conservative estimates, expenses have exceeded $1.3 billion. that is a lot of taxpayer money. how many of these people will actually pay premiums? how many of them had insurance before the law went into effect? the administration is hoping that nobody asks those questions. host: what do you hear there from the senator?
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why does it matter if they have paid their premiums? if they had health insurance before, why does that matter? guest: you're not officially enrolled until you pay your premium. it's a 7.5 million people have signed up, but until we know of them actually paid, we don't know, to actually enrolled. that is what matters. what we have heard from what we have heard from sebelius herself and insurers is 90% have paid their premiums. we are still waiting to see what the new batch numbers will look like. that number might be a little bit smaller but not too much smaller. they're still going to be opportunity for people to enroll throughout the year if they meet qualifications.
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the second question was about -- host: do they not have insurance before? guest: it matters because the idea of the aca was to expand health care coverage to new people who don't have the opportunity before. that is the one you want to see signing up in the marketplace. the idea was to get more people insured. the idea is to get people insured with better plans. we have heard that a quarter of people who are signing up in the marketplaces did not have coverage before. the newly insured are looking at the marketplaces. we still need more evidence of that. the law did not have a great reach if people are just replacing coverage that they had before. that gets into the issue of canceled plans and whether people are losing the coverage
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that they liked. host: rand said 9.3 million gained coverage under the affordable care act. 1.4 million are newly insured. 5.9 million are new medicaid enrollees. what you make of that number? guest: that would mesh with what i was saying before. they did not have insurance before. the newly insured who are going to the marketplaces. this is not scientific. the authors acknowledged that there are huge limitations. host: it was done before the 31st deadline. guest: we don't have the final picture of enrollees. host: also on the survey, americans without health insurance, before there were 25 million without.
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today that number has dropped to 15.8 million. the number of uninsured is going down. guest: that is a good sign. that is something the administration wants to see. the interesting thing is employer coverage looked to make up a big dent in the uninsured rate. that was something people had people had not been thinking about before. >> tomorrow we will talk about legislation in congress to overhaul the tax code. about whetherion the current tax code is fair. with yourn journal," phone calls and tweets every morning at 7:00 a.m. eastern. >> i move reconsideration.
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but mr. speaker? >> i move reconsideration. >> the gentleman will suspend. >> those on the prevailing side -- >> i was until the game started. >> then you qualify. the motion to recall five must be entered by someone who is debating. >> parliamentary inquiry? razzle-dazzle, exactly what was the prevailing side? >> the ayes have it. the motion is laid upon the table. the objection is heard. inquiry?mentary parliamentary inquiry? >> the gentleman from maryland. >> i am not going to object, not
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going to put people to the purpose of voting. but i will again say the democratic processes that we come to this floor, i will remind you that we had 17 minutes to vote. clear, you sent us a notice, and you said come 15 minutes, we will give you two more minutes. this vote has now been open longer than any vote that i can remember. i have been here 23 years. the outrage that was discussed when speaker wright held the vote open for far less time than this was palpable on your side of the aisle. --ography is about voting democracy is about running. just as you cannot say on tuesday of election day we will keep the polls open for 15 more hours until we get the result we
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want, you ought not to be able to do it here, mr. speaker. we have prevailed on this vote. arms have been twisted, and votes changed. >> the house will -- >> and i will continue to reserve. >> the house will be in order. >> five more highlights on her facebook page. c-span, created by america's cable companies 35 years ago and brought you today as a public service by your local cable or satellite provider. . >> jack lew this morning met with ukraine's finance minister at the treasury department. theaid there was unity in g7 to impose more sanctions on russia because of it military intervention in ukraine.
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>> good morning. it is a pleasure to be here. over the last several months the ukrainian people have demonstrated tremendous courage as they have charted an independent course for the country and demand from the government that truly reflects the will of the people. the imf spring meeting i made clear to our counterparts -- excuse me -- their strength and commitment have been inspiration to us all. the united states has been on the forefront of your national support for ukraine and holding russia accountable for its destabilizing actions. that is why at the recently concluded imf spring meetings i made it clear to my counterparts, including the russian finance minister, that the united states will continue for theosts on russia
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violation for ukrainian sovereignty and its illegal and legitimate intervention in and occupation of crimea. -- weition, there may be are fully prepared to impose additional significant sanctions on russia as it continues to escalate the situation, including apparently through support to concerted campaigns of militants in eastern you can. during the meetings that took place there was broad and strong unity on increasing the sanctions and costs in response to escalating action from russia. in the face of provocations, ukraine's leaders have acted responsibly and with remarkable restraint to ensure economic and political stability. under the leadership of the prime minister, ukraine has made considerable strides on both these fronts. the presidential election next month is an important step in giving ukrainian people a say in their own future.
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at the same time i would like to congratulate the minister on the progress he has made in putting in place a reform program together with the imf. these reforms will ukraine to tackle long-standing economic challenges and unleash the country's potential. we look forward to imf order approval of the program in the coming weeks. the united states will continue to work with the imf and other international financial institutions and bilateral partners to support ukraine as it takes the difficult but necessary reforms. to that end i am these we are loanng a $1 billion guarantee agreement today. this agreement which was supported by the president and both tapers of congress on a bipartisan basis in the street the united states' unwavering commitment to see ukraine moved its democracy forward. with the agreement the government is empowered to take steps to gain access to low-cost financing from international capital markets and help to ease
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ukraine's economic transition, particularly to the most vulnerable. next week vice president biden will trevor to ukraine to deliver the message that the united states remains good fight -- remain steadfast faith since 1991 when ukraine t declared it independence, ukraine has sought a brighter future. the united states wants to see ukraine prosper and we will continue to stand ukrainian people as we move forward to realize their long-held aspirations. thank you very much from and mr. minister? secretary lew, ladies and gentlemen, good morning. ukrainian delegation is very honored and pleased to be in this historical building at this historic event.
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we viewed today's documents and today's signing as a sign of , unconditional support, from the united states of america, and he aspirations of the ukrainian people to freedom, democracy, and european values. theiewed today's signing as third step toward broad financial assistance to our nation. finished theically --ks with the imf and expect in the future before it meets on ukrainian issues. [indiscernible] these days in washington, we have held fruitful negotiations with other partners. a have practically agreed on
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program of cooperation of ukraine with imf. we have finished the work with the european union who is also ready to support ukraine. ukrainianse few days delegations have held dozens of meetings, and we are very grateful to all of our counterparts and those who in theed the ukraine world. the world is admiring ukraine, it's courage from and dedication of our people. these wonderful spring days here remainington, our hearts in ukraine, which now undergoes a war, not just a war against severus -- separate tests, but also a war against irresponsibility, and ukrainian
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government is decisive in its separation to introduce economic, political, and financial reform. we believe in ourselves, we believe in our partners, and most of all, we believe in our people. glory to ukraine.
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the first thing i would do is not let the largest cable tv the second largest cable tv company. that is where i would start. my job here on the judiciary to, you know, at these hearings, is to raise my concerns. he seems like a really smart guy.
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earnsd say about him, he sort of what he got -- but my job was to ask him tough questions on on have-- lobbyists one 107 capitol hill. they are swarming capital hill with lobbyists. you know, but i got a hundred thousand people, more than a hundred thousand people, voicing their objections. so the first thing i would do is stop this deal. i would not let this go through, if i were -- it is not up to me, it is up to the fcc and the doj. >> senator franken weighs in 8:00 p.m. eastern on c-span2. >> last month the supreme court heard oral arguments in the case of whether an employer health insurance and should have to
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cover birth control. object.bby's owners they sued the government, and the supreme court oral argument in the case is an hour and a half. >> we'll hear argument this morning in consolidated cases number 13354, sebelius, secretary of health and human services, v. hobby lobby stores, and 13356, conestoga wood specialties corporation v. sebelius. mr. clement? >> mr. chief justice, and may it please the court, when a federal government agency compelled employers to provide something as religiously sensitive as contraception, it knew that free exercise in rfra claims would soon follow. in particular, the agency itself provided exemptions and accommodations for the religious exercise of a subset -- >> is your claim limited to

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